It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of IBEW Local 1245 member Joseph Cooper. Brother Cooper, who was employed by Wright Tree Service, was clearing trees from lines on SMUD property in Sacramento when he was involved in what is reported to have been an electrical contact incident. According to a notice issued by SMUD, Cooper was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. The investigation into this tragic incident in still ongoing, and more information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Cooper was just 41 years old, and was working for Wright Tree for less than a year at the time of the accident. He leaves behind a wife and seven children. The family has set up a GoFundMe page, please contribute what you can using the link below.